The state of Washington has become a “sanctuary state” after Governor Inslee signed a bill enacting the designation on Wednesday.
Under the legislation, state and local authorities will not be able to question people about their immigration status except in limited cases. Washington’s attorney general is now tasked with developing specific rules for state government facilities like courthouses and hospitals to prevent federal immigration agents from searching them for undocumented immigrants.
Five other states have enacted similar legislation against local-federal law enforcement coordination for non-criminal immigration investigations, with the list including Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
California passed a law in 2017 that made the state a “sanctuary state” as well.